Mikel Arteta has admitted that some of the plans for this summer will change depending on how the league season finishes and if the Gunners have European football or not.
There is still the outside chance that Arsenal could qualify for the Europa Conference League, but a first season without any continental competition looks likely at this point.
The Arsenal manager says he and Technical Director, Edu, are working on various scenarios, as well as the recruitment and player departures that need to happen before next season .
“There are so many things to do because we already have a lot of players on loan, a lot of players with contracts that we still have to have sort,” said the Spaniard.
“So a lot will depend on those players and what we are able to recruit to improve the team is going to determine where we are.
“We [He and Edu] have been in constant communication. Some things will change, other things will stick to the plan we already have, and some other things will come out, but we sit down very, very regularly to talk about those things.”
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Arteta was unable to enjoy a proper pre-season to prepare his team last summer, and that is something he thinks can make a difference before the new campaign.
“Well, I think having a pre-season is going to be really helpful because we haven’t had enough time to work together yet since we arrived,” he said. “After that let’s see where we finish this season and how many games we have to play.”
Asked whether free midweeks might be useful in terms of working with his players, Arteta continued, “Obviously in terms of the amount of game preparation and time to coach them, it’s much better to be in that position than not having any time between the games.”
The club are currently working on summer plans, with Arteta hopeful details of potential fixtures and tours would be announced shortly.
“We are trying to finalise everything,” he said. “With the Covid world it’s been a challenge to get any tours or game sorted out.
“Hopefully in the next week that will be confirmed and we can announce that, but this is what we are trying to do.
“Obviously the Euros os going to condition the return dates of the players in terms of what they do in the tournament, so there are still some question marks there.”